Deep layers of underground coal are all but gone in West Virginia after 200 years of relentless mining, leaving thinner seams of coal on top of the state's beautiful mountains. But surface mining carries a huge cost: nothing less than mountains themselves. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports on how the Appalachian landscape is being fundamentally and irrevocably changed.
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Aerial footage of the Spruce #1 MTR strip mine near the towns of Blair and Sharples, in Logan County, WV. The original mining permit proposed stripping 3,113 acres, but was reduced to 2,265 after legal challenges. What you see here is fewer than 500 acres that have been mined so far. Many of the surrounding mountains and streams will be destroyed if this mine isn't stopped. Click the link below for a satellite map showing the area that's been mined. You can see the entire area covered by the permit by selecting the "mining permits" box at the upper right: http://tagis.dep.wv.gov/imap/imap.php?lod=81&lom=47&los=52.0000&lad=37&lam=52&las=39.0000 Permit Details: https://apps.dep.wv.gov/WebApp/_dep/search/Permits/OMR/Permit_details.cfm?permit_id=S501397&dep_office_id=OMR&responsible_party_name=MINGO%20LOGAN%20COAL%20COMPANY
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The Trump administration and United States Congress have endangered public health by ending measures, including defunding a scientific study, that address the human and environmental risks of mountaintop removal, a form of surface coal mining prevalent in central Appalachia.
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Massive corporations are blowing up mountains and creating environmental ruins in West Virginia. All this devastation, just to extract some coal. We went to West Virginia to investigate mountain-top removal -- which a way of extracting coal from deposits under mountains. Instead of drilling into the mountain and sending men underground to take out the coal in the traditional way, they just take the whole top of a mountain off. Hosted by Derrick Beckles | Originally aired on http://VICE.com in 2009 Watch more VICE documentaries here: http://bit.ly/VICE-Presents Subscribe for videos that are actually good: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE Check out our full video catalog: http://www.youtube.com/user/vice/videos Videos, daily editorial and more: http://vice.com Like VICE on Facebook: http://fb.com/vice Follow VICE on Twitter: http://twitter.com/vice Read our tumblr: http://vicemag.tumblr.com
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Narrated by Susan Sarandon, this video shows firsthand footage of mountaintop removal coal mining and its impacts on Appalachian mountains, drinking water and families. Mountaintop removal is a mining practice where explosives are used to blast the tops off mountains to expose the thin seams of coal beneath. Once blasted, earth and coal dust from the mountaintop is dumped into neighboring valleys and waterways. Hundreds of mountaintops have been lost forever to MTR, and according to a 2005 environmental impact statement, nearly 2,000 miles of Appalachian streams have already been buried or contaminated by the devastating mining practice. Take action today and tell banks to stop financing this American tragedy at http://ran.org/mtrbanks
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- Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization -- with more than two million members and supporters. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, we've made history by leading the charge to address climate disruption by moving away from the dirty fossil fuels and toward a clean energy economy. Visit us here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SierraClub Twitter: https://twitter.com/sierraclub Instagram: https://instagram.com/sierraclub
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We Are Tearing Down Our Mountains: Photojournalist Antrim Caskey on West Virginias Fight Against Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining The Environmental Protection Agency took a significant step last week toward blocking one of Appalachias largest and most disputed mountaintop removal coal mines. On Friday the EPA proposed a veto of the Clean Water Act permit issued by the Army Corps of Engineers for the Spruce No. 1 Mine in West Virginia. Earlier this month, we interviewed Antrim Caskey, a photojournalist who has been chronicling the nonviolent fight against mountaintop removal coal mining. Her new book is Dragline.
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This video gives background information on Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining and was created for a project in Environmental Engineering 1. The purpose was for background only--no information on the effects are shown, although the impacts of Mountaintop Removal (both on humans and on the environment) are significant and negative. Please watch and leave a comment for me! The information in this video was obtained from: http://mountainjustice.org/facts/steps.php ; information about the impacts of Mountaintop Removal can also be found there.
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For more videos, go to http://news.discovery.com/videos/discovery-news-earth/. Mountaintop mining causes permanent damage to the environment and exposes people to serious health risks, says a new report by a leading group of scientists. Jorge Ribas reports.
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Mountain top removal in Alabama. Sloan Mountain Mine owned by MS&R Equipment Co. This strip mine is located on a bend along the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River in Jefferson County, Alabama. In addition to a long list of problems, the runoff from this mine has been pouring a significant amount of sediments and contaminants into the Locust Fork River. Mines like this are being increasingly permitted throughout Alabama. In Alabama there are weak regulations and lax enforcement of them, making it easy for coal companies to destroy mountains, alter wildlife habitat, mine through and pollute streams, and diminish the quality of life for nearby residents. A strip mine can clear the forest, blast, and excavate over 200 feet deep within just 100 feet of a river and within 300 feet of an inhabited home. Visit http://www.blackwarriorriver.org/coal-mining.html to find out more.
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Sobering images of mountaintop removal, and comments by local resident Denise Giardina. - Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization -- with more than two million members and supporters. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, we've made history by leading the charge to address climate disruption by moving away from the dirty fossil fuels and toward a clean energy economy. Visit us here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SierraClub Twitter: https://twitter.com/sierraclub Instagram: https://instagram.com/sierraclub
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This video is about Coal Mining via Mountain Top Removal. Appalachian Coal Mining See how coal is mined in the Appalachian Mountains via Mountain Top Removal. This 30 minute video takes you inside a giant dragline and tells the whole story from blasting the rock to transporting the coal by rail. See Elk enjoying the reclaimed land. I started this project in 2002.
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This video clip highlights the destructive process of strip mining of Appalachian mountains near Charleston, WV. Once mountains are blasted with dynamite to access the coal, they are destroyed forever. These mountain ranges are among the oldest geological formations that exist on our planet (480 million years old) and are one of the most biologically diverse regions in the temperate world. But there's more. Mountaintop mining removal not only destroys the mountains, but also the lives of the people who live there. Residents next to these operations live with destroyed habitat and noise. Coal dust from blasting and coal processing operations and contaminated water from valley fills and coal slurry injections into the ground causes respiratory disease, kidney and gall bladder failure, and cancer. They live with constant fear that a coal slurry impoundment might break, causing death and destruction on a massive scale. The flyover was provided by SouthWings (www.southwings.org) and depicts Kayford Mountain, a 1,200-acre mountaintop removal mine operation; Marsh Fork Elementary School, located just 150 feet from a coal loading silo and 400 yards from a 2.8 billion gallon toxic waste impoundment; and the town of Sylvester, a community whose health and property has been adversely affected by pervasive black coal dust from an adjacent mountaintop removal mining operation. Aerial footage was taken during an Eco-Justice Collaborative June, 2009 delegation to Charleston, WV. Visit www.ecojusticecollaborative.org for more information.
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Recently while checking out Google Earth, Tiedyeman learned about Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining. Horrified by the level of destruction to the environment Tiedyeman began signing petitions online to help stop this rape of the land. With a few photos of the forests he loves and some images from Google Earth this short film was made to spread the word to get active on this issue and make people aware that entire mountains are being destroyed. Have you seen commercials on TV lately telling you that "Clean Coal" is a wonderful source of energy? Do they mention where the coal comes from and they way it's mined? This is "Clean Coal's" legacy, death and destruction on a huge scale, and all of this happens BEFORE we burn the nasty stuff, releasing tons of sulfur, mercury, arsenic, carbon dioxide and other toxic compounds into the air, causing thousands more deaths and respiratory diseases. Tiedyeman urges you to look into this yourself. If you don't have Google Earth, download it and take a look at what's happening on our planet. Support quality creators like Tiedyeman on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/tiedyeman Tiedyeman’s band: The Elektrik Gypsies on Google Play https://play.google.com/store/music/album/The_Elektrik_Gypsies_The_Elektrik_Gypsies?id=Bgwhcyfrxkc6hajbtw73otpj5ja Visit Tiedyeman’s Fractal Gallery website: http://tiedyeman.awardspace.com/
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Ten Unitarian Universalists and friends from Charlottesville, VA traveled to Kayford Mountain in June 2010 to witness a mountaintop removal coal mining (MTR) site. They were led by Larry Gibson, whose property is surrounded by 1200 acres of MTR. We are determined to fight to end this environmental disaster. Join us!
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Citation: Yale Environment 360 and MediaStorm (Producers). (2009, October13). Leveling Appalachia: The Legacy of Mountaintop Removal Mining [Video file]. Retrieved from http:__e360.yale.edu_feature_leveling_appalachia_the_legacy_of_mountaintop_removal_mining_2198_
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More than 500 mountains have been destroyed by mountaintop removal coal mining. Watch this video of mountaintop removal featuring Woody Harrelson and a soundtrack featuring an original recording of "Blowin' in the Wind," sung by Willie Nelson. This video is part of the National Memorial for the Mountains, hosted by www.iLoveMountains.org.
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More than 500 mountains have been destroyed by mountaintop removal coal mining. Watch this video of mountaintop removal featuring Woody Harrelson and a soundtrack featuring an original recording of "Blowin' in the Wind," sung by Willie Nelson. This video is part of the National Memorial for the Mountains, hosted by www.ilovemountains.org.
Views: 209845 AppalachianVoices
APPALACHIAN MOUNTAINS, W. Va. -- The United States is known as the Saudi Arabia of coal, with over 50 percent of our electricity generated by this abundant natural resource. Coal also generates tremendous controversy. Much of the debate centers not on pollution, but getting the coal out of the ground.
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In the valleys of Appalachia, a battle is being fought over a mountain. It is a battle with severe consequences that affect every American, regardless of their social status, economic background or where they live. It is a battle that has taken many lives and continues to do so the longer it is waged. It is a battle over protecting our health and environment from the destructive power of Big Coal. The mining and burning of coal is at the epicenter of America's struggle to balance its energy needs with environmental concerns. Nowhere is that concern greater than in Coal River Valley, West Virginia, where a small but passionate group of ordinary citizens are trying to stop Big Coal corporations, like Massey Energy, from continuing the devastating practice of Mountain Top Removal. The citizens argue the practice of dynamiting the mountain's top off to mine the coal within pollutes the air and water, is responsible for the deaths of their neighbors and spreads pollution to other states. Yet, regardless of evidence supporting these claims, Big Coal corporations repeat the process daily in the name of profit. Massive profit allows Big Coal to wield incredible financial influence over lobbyists and government officials in both parties, rewrite environmental protection laws, avoid lawsuits and eliminate more than 40,000 mining jobs, all while claiming to be a miner's best friend. As our energy needs increase, so does Big Coal's control over our future. This fact and a belief that America was founded on the democratic principal that no individual or corporation owns the air and water and we all share the responsibility of protecting it, drives these patriotic citizens and their supporters from outside of Appalachia, like Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., to keep fighting.A passionate and personal tale that honors the extraordinary power of ordinary Americans when they fight for what they believe in, THE LAST MOUNTAIN shines a light on America's energy needs and how those needs are being supplied. It is a fight for our future that affects us all. Written, directed and produced by Bill Haney, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and founder and president of the eco-housing start-up, Blu Homes, THE LAST MOUNTAIN was co-written and edited by Peter Rhodes and produced by Clara Bingham and Eric Grunebaum. Narrated by William Sadler, the film features original music by composer Claudio Ragazzi and includes the song "Your Control" by Crooked Fingers and Neko Case. Category:
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Matt Wasson is an ecologist, and he sees a problem. Every week in Appalachia, West Virginia, mountaintops are blown up to get coal. This fills the air with toxic dust clouds and lowers the water quality for those living around the mountains. But it’s not just an issue for the immediate vicinity. “The idea of blowing up these mountains to power our light switches is a very sad prospect,” Matt says. Coal companies blow up the mountaintops, but we can’t afford to be wasteful and careless in how we produce and consume energy any longer. We must take responsibility for our actions toward nature and the effect they will have on future generations. We must protect our mountains. And that’s exactly what Matt, director of programs for Appalachian Voices, plans to do. Join the award-winning online campaign he created, and stand up to stop mountaintop removal coal mining on http://iLoveMountains.org. -- Produced by Wanderlust Festival (http://wanderlust.com) Filmed and edited by: Circus Picnic (http://circuspicnic.com/) Filmed at Wanderlust Snowshoe 2015 Additional footage: (http://appalachianvoices.org)
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Mississipi is a long way from the Central Appalachian mountains that are being destroyed for coal - but the IS a connection. Check out this video from iLoveMountains.org that shows the connection between mountaintop removal and Mississippi
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EPA Official: Reject Permit for Mountaintop Removal Mine in WV The Obama administration has moved a step closer to retroactively revoking the largest mountaintop removal mining permit in West Virginia history. A regional official from the Environmental Protection Agency has recommended denying the Clean Water Act permit for the Spruce Mine, in part because it will bury nearly seven miles of streams. The EPA estimates the mine would also destroy 2,300 acres of forest.
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From Bill Moyers Journal, below is the link to full 17 minutes. Mining Gone Wild....from the Griles Gone Wild Collection by Cartoonist Mark Fiore, 2005 - http://www.markfiore.com/animation/wild.html Americans Who Tell the Truth: Judy Bonds http://www.americanswhotellthetruth.org/pgs/portraits/Judy_Bonds.php Julia "Judy" Bonds, The Goldman Prize Winner - North America, 2003 http://www.goldmanprize.org/node/84 http://www.voanews.com/english/news/a-13-a-2003-05-25-4-Coal-66850107.html?refresh=1 http://www.grist.org/article/slaughter/ http://www.ohvec.org/links/news/archive/2003/fair_use/04_18.html http://www.ohvec.org/galleries/people_in_action/2003/04_14/index.html 1/4/2010 - Mourning the loss of Jula "Judy" Bonds http://www.latimes.com/news/science/environment/la-me-judy-bonds-20110108,0,1499385.story (Excerpt) "We love our life in the hollows," Bonds told a Times reporter in 2002. "There is nothing like being in the hollows. You feel snuggled. You feel safe. It seems like God has his arms around you." After winning the national Goldman prize, Bonds told the Associated Press that her activism arose from the day her grandson stood in the stream her family had enjoyed for six generations with his little fists full of dead fish — and dead fish floating all around. "'What's wrong with these fish?' he asked. That day I knew that if I didn't do something, that would be the future of our children," she said. http://blogs.wvgazette.com/coaltattoo/2011/01/04/coalfield-residents-mourn-loss-of-judy-bonds/ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeff-biggers/thousands-pay-tribute-to_b_804001.html Tribute to Judy Bonds (Excerpts from Coal Country documentary) http://tinyurl.com/2vmfp3t Before the Mountain Was Moved documentary (1969) - surface coal mining in WV http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QA8u9Q3wX-0 Bo Webb of Coal River, WV and Appalachia Rising http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwmXOoHWvUQ The Colbert Report, 1/18/2010 If a diamond is a girl's best friend then coal is its hotter younger sister. Turning boring tree-covered mountains into exciting lifeless moon bases Margaret Palmer, a professor of biology at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Studies. Palmer discusses the environmental and health consequences of mountaintop removal, and why going a more traditional route would not only help the environment, but increase employment. http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/261997/ Dishonorable James Steven Griles - http://groups.google.com/group/bob-mooney/web/dishonorable-james-steven-griles Bill Moyers Journal, 9/7/2007 http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/09072007/watch3.html (17 minutes) http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/09072007/profile.html http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/video/flv/generic.html?s=moyj06s903q18b
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From the critically acclaimed film about mountain top removal - second trailer for the award-winning documentary Black Diamonds: Mountaintop Removal & The Fight for Coalfield Justice Produced and Directed by WV native Catherine Pancake.
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Mountaintop removal coal mining wrecks the land, poisons the water, and kills people. But it's still happening. Appalachians are determined to revive their economy and create a healthy future. Join us today. http://appvoices.org/communities-at-risk/
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1/21/2011 - http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/21/opinion/21fri4.html?_r=1&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss (Excerpt) If the Obama administration stays the course, the Environmental Protection Agency's decision last week to revoke a permit for one of the nation's biggest mountaintop-removal mining projects could be the beginning of the end of a mining practice that has caused huge environmental harm across Appalachia. The decision is a tribute to the agency, which faced fierce political opposition and a victory for the West Virginians who worked long and hard to block the mine. It should also be a warning to the mining industry that the days of getting its way, no matter the cost, are over. The Last Mountain documentary, Sundance 2011 selection - released on 1/21/2011 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDuQAcVGAfM === http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiSzOiGFa-0 5/9/3009 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiSzOiGFa-0 Mary Anne Hitt - http://www.linkedin.com/pub/mary-anne-hitt/5/4a0/478 Mary Anne Hitt : The True Cost of Mountian Top Removal, 5/22/08 Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpyxvevjq4Y Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwe56QKpXFQ Mary Anne Hitt: Blowing up mountains in the US for more coal,11/27/2007 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUetdMwG_x4 --- The National Memorial for the Mountains http://www.ilovemountains.org/memorial/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpSDY6r2BVc http://www.ilovemountains.org/multimedia --- Google Earth Hero: Appalachian Voices, 10/26/2009 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzmrohA0aNc --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYTDAAH9k9s http://appalachiarising.org/ ---- http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=080_1285630508 --- Fighting Mountain Top Removal (MTR) coal mining - a bargin with the devil, 9/7/2007 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKw4CM_aBmc --- Mining Gone Wild by Cartoonist Mark Fiore, 2005 http://www.markfiore.com/animation/wild.html --- A Fight for a Mountaintop - The New York Times, 8/16/2010 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1maPGSVbE2o ==== http://www.uncommonproductions.com/ http://web.mit.edu/ki/about/leadership/haney.html Bill Haney is the co-founder of Uncommon Productions, a documentary and feature film production company with offices in Boston and Los Angeles. He has written, directed, and/or produced several award-winning films, including the documentaries The Price of Sugar and A Life Among Whales, and the soon to be released feature films American Violet and Crusade: A March Through Time. Prior to becoming a filmmaker, Bill was an inventor, entrepreneur and active environmentalist who spent 20 years founding and managing biotechnology and environmental technology companies. A graduate of Harvard University, Bill serves or has served on boards for Harvard University's Kennedy School, The Presidents Circle of the National Academy of Sciences, World Resources Institute, National Resources Defense Council, and the Huntington Theater. Bill is also the co-founder and a current board member of Infante Sano, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving maternal and newborn healthcare in developing Latin American countries. Bill lives in Boston with his wife Anne, a painter, and their three children. September 28, 2007 http://filmmakermagazine.com/directorinterviews/2007/09/bill-haney-price-of-sugar.html William M. Haney III — or Bill Haney to you and me — is one of those people who one suspects would be successful at almost anything he chose to turn his hand to. He started his first business while still an undergrad at Harvard, and made $15m when he sold his stock in the company, aged just 26. He then moved on to invest in two environmental companies and then a software company, continuing his success with all three. He first became interested in film when in the mid-1990s he met Errol Morris during the making of Fast, Cheap & Out of Control, an encounter which planted the idea in his head that he become a documentarian. (Continued) === The Lorax by Dr. Suess (24:49 minutes) http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6650219631867189375#
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From living with contaminated water in his own home as a child, to being forced out of his house for speaking out against the coal company, Junior Walk's path to activism was not an easy one. His courage and clear voice calling for change has been widely recognized. Today Walk works with Coal River Mountain Watch, Keeper of the Mountains Foundation, and RAMPS (Radical Action for Mountain People's Survival) to end mountaintop removal mining. He travels the country with the Keeper of the Mountains Foundation educating people about the long-term environmental, health and community degradation caused by coal mining. He was a recipient of the prestigious Brower Youth Awards in 2011. The late renowned environmentalist and climber David Brower famously said, "Tough mountains build bold leaders." Junior Walk is one of the many courageous and bold leaders whom the Appalachian Mountains have built. Also featuring Chase Brown, Keeper of the Mountains Foundation.
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